31 Years Of Salman Khan: The Story Of How ‘Bhai’ Became A Phenomenon

The man whose fandom in Bollywood remains unparalleled, his audiences rave about him from farthest corners of the world; so much so that even the likes Sylvester Stallone and Paris Hilton are quite impressed by him. His films are a huge box office draw – even his contemporaries shy away from locking horns with his releases. The hundred-crore mark is as easy as cakewalk! The man is none other than Salman Khan – who clocked in thirty one years in the industry. The actor posted on Twitter, thanking everyone who has been a part of his journey- 

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The eternal Prem of all time, Salman Khan fanned the flames of fame with Rajshri’s Maine Pyaar Kiya in 1989. Though not many people are aware – the film was not his first on screen appearance. Rather, Salman had a role in the Rekha and Farooq Sheikh starrer Biwi Ho Toh Aisi, which had hit theatres in August 1988. A screen test that Salman Khan gave for the role of Prem for his most iconic film Maine Pyar Kiya had recently surfaced on social media too. The video has everything that Salman Khan stood for in his early career- oodles of boyish charm, exuding romance with every move.

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His roles seemed tailor made for him. From the romantic, wearing his heart on his sleeve in musical romances such as Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke hain Kaun, Saajan, Love and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, romancing Madhuri Diixt to Aishwarya Rai, he exuded a boyish charm and those droopy eyes set many a hearts aflutter even today!

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Though not all his thirty-one years have been a bed of roses – there were few roadblocks here and there. He hit a lean patch in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, as he was no longer the box office draw. The success of Tere Naam didn’t sustain but come 2009, he struck back with Prabhu Deva’s Wanted and turned the tide in his favour as lovable cop Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg in 2010. His box office draw got bigger and so did the cult of Salman, as one success followed another. Kick, Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai, Bajrangi Bhaijaan to Sultan and the recent Bharat,the failure of Tubelight didn’t make a dent in his success.

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His filmography aside, the most pertinent question everyone wants to know, will the most eligible bachelor ever tie the knot? It seems even he doesn’t know the answer to the million dollar question – bhai shaadi kabb kar rahe ho? He says he was close to getting married a long time ago, but since that didn’t happen, and since then it has never happened. It’s almost as if the topic of marriage has become a taboo. But Salman Khan is happy with the situation, as he says, “It is jinxed, and I am very happy. I hope this jinx continues.”

Salman Khan often refers to his talent as ‘mediocre’, and does not shy away from admitting that there are better people in the industry than him. “It feels nice to be loved, but let me tell you there are 10 times more better looking, stylish and talented guys than me. So there’s no solid reason for me to be proud! I don’t think I have done anything extraordinary to change people’s lives,” says Salman Khan, staying firmly rooted to reality and always so humble.

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From courting bad press to his tryst with law, Bollywood’s one time enfant terrible is now the poster boy of Being Human!